Renault have put their money where their mouth is for 2019 by signing up Daniel Ricciardo to drive for them alongside Nico Hulkenberg – and now they’ve revealed the car that their sharp new driver pairing will be armed with this season, the R.S.19.
Decked out in unfamiliar yellow-and-black, Ricciardo helped his new team mate unveil their 2019 livery at Renault’s Enstone factory in the UK, while digital renderings of the R.S.19 were revealed online. The car itself is set to take its first laps in anger at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya when winter testing begins there on February 18.
Last year’s R.S.18 gave Renault their most successful season in Formula 1 since their return to the sport in 2016, with the efforts of Hulkenberg and the now-departed Carlos Sainz comfortably helping the Anglo-French squad to net fourth place in the constructors’ standings ahead of rivals Haas.
And with the arrival of Ricciardo from Red Bull – undoubtedly the team’s hottest signing to-date – Renault will now look to step their performance up a gear for 2019, as they build towards their previously stated goal of competing for both wins and titles in either 2020 or 2021.